The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned former President Goodluck Jonathan to stop making misguided comments on activities of its chapter in Bayelsa ahead of the state governorship poll scheduled for Nov. 16.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Yekini Nabena, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.
Nabena was reacting to a media report credited to the former president where he was said to have described APC in Bayelsa as a party that lacked political strength to win elections.
“Former President Jonathan is attempting to rewrite history on presidential elections conducted under his watch in Bayelsa while he was president.
“He never won as votes never counted. Aided by security agents, election results were simply announced by the election body in favour of the PDP.
“Former President Jonathan even lost in his senatorial zone in the last 2019 National Assembly election won by the APC candidate. So one wonders the party Jonathan refers to as not being on ground in Bayelsa,” he said.
“The media will recall that under Gov. Seriake Dickson’s watch, 63 Smart Card Readers belonging to INEC were stolen and later retrieved.
“Also, I had earlier called on the Inspector General of Police to proscribe the state-controlled security outfit ”Operation Doo Akpo” following security reports indicating that the state government was plotting violence by flooding the state with arms ahead of the 2019 polls.
“That threat is still active as Bayelsa prepares for the governorship election,” the APC deputy spokesman said.
According to him, it is clear that no amount of falsehood and rigging can stop PDP’s imminent defeat in the forthcoming governorship election.
“The PDP has become very unpopular and stands rejected in Bayelsa, ” the Bayelsa-born APC chieftain said.
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Lagos SDP gets acting Chairman, Publicity Secretary
The party’s state Publicity Secretary, Lekan Adebiyi, said in a statement issued on Friday in Lagos that the appointment was sequel to the suspension of the chairman, Chief Tunde Onakoya, for alleged anti-party activities.
He said that Olaniyi’s appointment was ratified at an appraisal meeting held by the new executive members, party leaders and elders from the South-West, local government chairmen and other party faithful.
Adebiyi said that the party also appointed him as the new publicity secretary at the meeting held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
He said that the acting chairman, in his remarks, charged all party leaders to contribute their quota towards rebuilding the party in the state.
He quoted Olaniyi as pledging to ensure reconciliation between leaders and aggrieved members and that members should stop the blame game and accept the challenge of rebranding the party.
“The party will improve on the existing structures and generate new ideas to improve efficiency and effectiveness. We shall work in synergy with our national leaders to ensure that the party attain greater heights,” he further quoted him as saying.
Edited by Chioma Ugboma and ‘Wale Sadeeq
PDM suspends 3 national executive members for alleged anti-party activities, fraud
The Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) has suspended three of its national executive members for alleged anti-party activities and forging of party documents.
The officials are former National Secretary, Mr Gwada Abubarkar, the National Financial Secretary, Mr Habu Aminchin, who was the Presidential flag-bearer of the party and the National Youth leader, Mr Eke Ken.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja on Friday after its extraordinary NEC meeting, the Chairman of the party, Chief Frank Igwebuike said there was no faction in the party, adding that the party remained united.
Igwebuike said that the decision was a bi-product of the disciplinary committee set up by the party and was ratified by the NEC in the presence of INEC official.
“The national chairman has equally been given additional powers as the chief executive of the party, and no decision of the party will be executed without the approval of the party chairman, which must be put in writing.
“The party has also taken a decision that all those who have left the party because of accident or any other reasons, their positions will be filled immediately.
“It was a robust meeting and relationship was cordial throughout the NEC meeting.
I wish all those who came from far and near including INEC safe trip back.
“This is the first time INEC has attended and monitored our extraordinary congress meeting.
“There is no faction in the party, you can see that INEC is here and this shows that this party doesn’t have two leaders. If you go to INEC office, the only name you will find there is Chief Frank Igwebuike as the national chairman,’’ he said.
The PDM chairman said the petition before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal was withdrawn by the suspended party members with advise from other party members.
He said it was necessary to withdraw the petition because the document used in filling the petition were all forged, adding that they could not stand the test of time.
“The allegation that I don’t carry other members along in running of the party is baseless with no iota of truth.
“There are different types of leadership style. if I don’t carry people along, you will not see members from different states for the NEC meeting. People from different states are all here.
“It’s better to remove persons that will destroy the party; we cannot allow our party to be labelled party of forgers, insubordination and misappropriation of party funds.
“I will not take that, if that is what makes people think I am autocratic, that is what I term discipline.
“What we are here to do is to build a very strong party, where people are disciplined and show absolute loyalty,” he said.
He assured that the party would come out stronger in 2023 with the new orientation and mobilisation with good party manifesto.
Buhari, others to attend Odigie-Oyegun’s birthday
President Muhammadu Buhari, state governors, diplomats and other eminent Nigerians, have indicated interest to attend the 80th birthday of the former National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
The Chairman, Organising Committee of the event, Mr Ray Morphy, said this in Abuja on Friday at a news conference.
He announced the committee’s plan to mark Odigie-Oyegun’s birthday in Abuja on Aug. 17.
“These eminent personalities have indicated interest to grace the occasion due to virtues Odigie-Oyegun’s has added to democratic development in the country,” Morphy said.
He urged younger Nigerians to emulate leadership qualities and values demonstrated by Odigie-Oyegun when he was the Permanent Secretary, governor of Edo and National Chairman of APC.
“Chief Odigie-Oyegun has kept his name clean right and fair over the years. Even as he left office as National Chairman of the APC, you noticed that he has never engaged in any battle with anybody in the party.
“This celebration is a recognition of God’s blessing on him and his family, recognition of the contributions he has made in our democratic development,” he said.
Morphy, who recalled that Edo Government had on Aug. 12, begun a weeklong celebration of Odigie-Oyegun’s 80-year birthday in the state, said that the function was organised by APC governors ant it would end in Abuja.
C’River REC’s resignation is unacceptable, INEC insists
“What happened was that our REC in Cross River did not forward any letter to any of the appointing authorities.
“He did not have any communication with the supervising National Commissioner, the Chairman of the Commission, but organised a send-off party for himself on Aug. 8.
“He announced that he had joined partisan politics and announced that he had formally joined one of the registered political parties.
“We consider this unacceptable; we have a code of conduct that binds every national commissioner and REC. We cannot be partisan and at the same time be umpires,” he said.
He said that all INEC RECs were appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by Senate and could only be removed in the same process.
“All those powers now reside with the Administrative Secretary in the state,” he added.
Ensure good governance via your voting power, aspirant tells residents of Kogi
Alhaji Mohammed Yakubu, a Kogi governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), has pleaded with the lectorate to use their voting power in ensuring good govetnance in the state.
Yakubu, a former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, said this on Friday at a news conference after he picked his expression of interest and nomination forms at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
He bought the form for N22.5 millions to contest for primaries for selection of party’s flag bearer in the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi.
The aspirant said that he would use his experiences to improve the lives of people and transform the state.
“The Kogi that we desire when Kogi was created in 1991 was a place that will be a place of harmony, a place of excellence that we bring all the ethnic groups together as a family.
“We aspire to be a hub of economic development because of the strategic location of Kogi,” he said.
Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Kayode Olaitan
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